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Welcome to the Wiltshire O. P. C. Home Page

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About The Project

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc.  The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.  

 

FUNDING

The new management team face new challenges and we will keep the site running for as long as we can.  We intend to keep the site as a free to use facility but the time has come to follow other projects of a similar genre and give our users the opportunity of making a small donation to assist us to keep the site running for the longer good.  With that in mind we have set up a Go Fund Me page the purpose of this is to raise enough money to help us cover the running costs for the foreseeable future.   Please note that this is a voluntary donation and is not a requirement to use this site.  The site will remain free to anyone who wishes to use the information we provide.  

The people who run the site do so as volunteers and receive no financial rewards whatsoever so please be assured that your donation will be used to maintain the site and for no other purpose.  We do hope you understand our move in this direction and thank you all in advance for any support you give. 

   

Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  

 

Photo Galleries

We must apologise for anyone using the photo galleries at present.  We are still adding to these galleries but sadly the facility to sort in any particular order has been withdrawn by Google Photos which is how we at present display out images.  Also in some cases the labelling of the image itself is not showing up.  This is mainly due to the creation of new galleries.  Anything added to a previously active gallery still shows this labelling.  The OPC Webmaster and team are looking into alternatives to enable us to publish our photos and have control over the order they are seen.  Many thanks for your patience whilst this is being sorted.

 

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

 

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council or parochial church council.    

 

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and several in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.           More about Volunteering

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please visit our Vacancy page          For Items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

 

Site Statistics

During September 2018 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 112 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through October 2018 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  We are always working on new items and information to add to the site and currently hold a large of amount of items to be loaded (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).  We are currently working on a census transcribing programme as a priority, this is coming along pretty well considering we have a small team working on this.  

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site at present we have over 23200 items on parish pages.  Items are annotated with either Submitted or RevisedSubmitted items being the original items transcribed and Revised being those that have additional information added.  The date of when any item was updated can be found at the foot of the published document; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand date column. 

We currently have 56 OPC's (13 of which have yet to confirm they are still willing to continue their roles) and 5 Consultants who cover between them 114 parishes/pages of the 335 available.   We also have 20 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 500 registered returning users (figures may be reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 440400 times.

 

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves.   

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

GDPR Notice.  For our user policy and information on how we use your personal data then please go to out Privacy Information Page

 

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - Up Until Now We Have Asked For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.  Circumstances Now Mean We Need to Ask for the Occasional Financial Donation.  If You Wish to Help by Transcribing or Donating Books, Photographs and Transcripts then contact the Administrator.  If You Could Help with a Small Donation Then You May Do So Via Our Just Giving Appeal.  Thank you to all who have made a donation since the launch of the appeal to each and everyone of you we are most grateful.  The money we raise is used solely for the maintenance and advancement of the site.  

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Memorial Days & Upcoming Events

Sun Oct 21
!On this day in 1966 the small Merthyr Valley mining village, Aberfan suffered the loss of almost an entire generation when a slag heap moved down the hillside engulfing a primary school killing 116 children and 28 adults. May they rest in peace.
Sun Oct 21
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1914 Private HERBERT HARRY BROWN gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 21
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private GEORGE WILLIAM FIELDS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Oct 21
Milford & Shrewton - On this day in 1914 Private GEORGE HAWKINS gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 21
North Bradley & Trowbridge - On this day in 1916 Private WILLIAM ALFRED G. WILKINS gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 21
North Wraxall & Yatton Keynell - On this day in 1918 Private CHARLES EDWARD COLES gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 21
Winterslow - On this day in 1862 Sir BENJAMIN COLLINS BRODIE, Physiologist & Surgeon died at Bletchworth, Surrey
Sun Oct 21
Wroughton - On this day in 1914 Private WILLIAM F. STEVENS gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 22
Aldbourne - On this day in 1917 Gunner CHARLES EDWARD WESTHALL (WESTALL) gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Oct 22
Alvediston, Bratton & Westbury - On this day in 1917 Private WILLIAM CHARLES EDWARDS gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 22
Bremhill & Hilmarton - On this day in 1915 Private CHARLES PONTING gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Oct 22
Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner GEOFFREY FRANK ALLISON gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Oct 22
Milford & Salisbury - On this day in 1914 Private REGINALD WILLIAM LIVERSIDGE gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 22
Sutton Veny & Warminster - On this day in 1942 Lance Bombardier IVAN WILLIAM MITCHELL gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Oct 23
Amesbury & Codford St. Peter - On this day in 1918 Private GEORGE ELLIOT GRANT gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Oct 23
Blackland - On this day in 1915 Saddler HENRY RICHARD CLEVERLY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Oct 23
Charlton (Malmesbury) - On this day in 1914 Private HENRY JAMES LEWIS gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Oct 23
Donhead St. Mary - On this day in 1918 Corporal PERCY ALBERT AISH gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Oct 23
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - On this day in 1914 Private RAWLEY HARRIS gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Alvediston & Ebbesbourne Wake - On this day in 1914 Private WILLIAM GEORGE EDWARD SCAMMELL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 24
Amesbury - On this day in 1914 Lieutenant EDMUND ANTROBUS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 24
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1918 Sapper ROBERT JOHN BROWN gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Bratton, Dilton & Westbury - On this day in 1917 Gunner FREDERICK WILLIAM SCOTT gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Castle Combe & Yatton Keynell - On this day in 1914 Private ERNEST WILFRED TUCK gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Chippenham & Derry Hill (Pewsham) - On this day in 1914 Private SIDNEY JAMES CHIVERS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 24
Chippenham - On this day in 1914 Lance Corporal WALTER HANCOCK gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 24
Chippenham - On this day in 1914 Private ALFRED JOSEPH HAND gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 24
Chippenham - On this day in 1914 Private HAROLD GEORGE PEARCE gave his live for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 24
Dinton - On this day in 1914 Private WALTER FREDERICK STOKES gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Dinton - On this day in 1914 Private WILLIAM TUFFIN gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Donhead St. Andrew & Salisbury - On this day in 1918 Shoeing Smith GEORGE CHARLES PUIG gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Stratford Sub Castle & Woodford - On this day in 1914 Private JOHN HENRY WATERS gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 24
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) & Swindon - On this day in 1914 Private CHARLES PERCY BEAMS gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Oct 25
Bishopstrow & Tisbury (East) - On this day in 1941 Officer Cadet GEORGE ROBERT COLVIN ATWOOD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Oct 25
Britford - On this day in 1914 Lieutenant THOMAS ALGERNON FITZGERALD FOLEY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Oct 25
Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Private ALBERT WALTER THOMAS gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Oct 25
Codford (St. Mary) - On this day in 1917 Private WALTER EDWARD BOURKE gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Oct 25
Codford St. Mary - On this day in 1915 Private ALEXANDER COVERDALE SHORT gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Oct 25
Melksham & Winterslow - On this day in 1914 Lance Corporal WILLIAM GEORGE COTTLE gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Oct 25
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - On this day in 1916 Lance Corporal ERNEST MULLARNEY gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Oct 25
Sutton Veny - On this day in 1942 Private CYRIL ERNEST HUDD gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Oct 26
Aldbourne - On this day in 1914 Sergeant HERBERT COLIN BRIND gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Oct 26
Ashton Keynes & Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - On this day in 1914 - Private WILLIAM HENRY GEE gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Oct 26
Bishopstone (Wilton) & Broad Chalke - On this day in 1917 Private FRANK LOADER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Oct 26
Bremhill - On this day in 1917 Private MAURICE HEATH gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Oct 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Private GEORGE HENRY FENNELL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Oct 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Private MAURICE S. POND gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Oct 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Corporal HERBERT JOHN FORD M.M. gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Oct 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Second Lieutenant TOM (TOMMY) H.H. HUNT gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Oct 26
Colerne - On this day in 1917 Private AARON GEORGE WEBB gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Oct 26
East Harnham, Salisbury & West Harnham - On this day in 1917 Private HAROLD STANLEY GALE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Oct 27
*Malmesbury - On this day in 939 ATHELSTAN, Saxon king of England died and is buried in Malmesbury Abbey
Sat Oct 27
*Trowbridge - On this day in 1990 NICK BLACKWELL, British Middleweight Boxing Champion was born.
Sat Oct 27
Allington & Boscombe - On this day in 1914 Private EDWIN CHARLES PHILLIPS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Oct 27
Bremhill (Foxham) - On this day in 1917 Private REGINALD ALFRED FREEGARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Oct 27
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Private ERNEST GEORGE DURBIN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Oct 28 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Second Lieutenant E. TAVINER gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 28 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
Rodbourne Cheney (Moredon) & Stratton St. Margaret (Kingsdown) - On this day in 1942 Gunner OWEN STANLEY DAVIS gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 28 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
Little Hinton & Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1914 Private ARTHUR CROOK gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 28 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
Broad Blunsdon & Calne - On this day in 1918 Air Mechanic 3rd class SIDNEY ERNEST HALL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Oct 28 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
Atworth - On this day in 1918 Private HENRY JOHN TIMBRELL gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 28 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
Ansty - On this day in 1944 Sergeant JOHN PERCIVAL OWEN NEW gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Oct 28
Milford & Salisbury - On this day in 1916 Private ARTHUR EDWARD CHAMBERS gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Amesbury, Hullavington & Warminster - On this day in 1914 Private HARRY OSWALD SMITH gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Ansty & Tisbury - On this day in 1914 Private JOHN WILLIAM COLLINS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Oct 29
Ashton Keynes - On this day in 1914 Lance Corporal GEORGE JONES gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private HAROLD ROY BOWDEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Oct 29
Codford (St. Mary) - On this day in 1918 Rifleman WILLIAM GEORGE GUTHRIE gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Dinton - On this day in 1914 Private HENRY GEORGE BURT gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Hindon - On this day IN 1914 Sergeant ALBERT WILLIAM PHILLIPS gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - On this day in 1918 Private ALBERT JAMES MORSE gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Oct 29
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - On this day in 1918 Sapper AUGUSTUS J. STRANGE gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Oct 30
Britford (East Harnham), Milford & Salisbury (St. Mark) - On this day in 1914 Private HORACE FRANK BROWN DREDGE gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Oct 30
Chippenham & Malmesbury - On this day in 1914 Private JOHN GRIFFITHS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Oct 30
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private GILBERT JOHN MAHONEY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Oct 30
Ramsbury - On this day in 1916 Private LOUIS SMITH gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 31
Bratton - On this day in 1914 Corporal HERBERT CHARLES IREDALE gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 31
Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Private PERCY SAUNDER PEARCE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 31
Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Private WILLIAM ALBERT BAKER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 31
Codford St. Peter & Westbury - On this day in 1918 Corporal WILLIAM JOHN ARTHUR DAVIS gave his life to his country. RIP.
Wed Oct 31
Knook - On this day in 1914 Private ALFRED GRACE gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Oct 31
North Bradley & Trowbridge - On this day in 1914 Private EDWIN STEPHEN FORD gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Nov 01
Amesbury - On this day in 1914 Able Seaman GEORGE PALMER gave his live for his country. RIP.
Thu Nov 01
Atworth & Trowbridge - On this day in 1914 Able Seaman ALFRED JOHN GOSS gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Nov 01
Bremhill & Hilmarton - On this day in 1914 Stoker 1st Class ALFRED TUCK gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Nov 01
Colerne - On this day in 2005 Lieutenant Colonel IVOR PERCY HAYNES (retired) passed away having served his country with pride. RIP
Thu Nov 01
Donhead St. Andrew & Tisbury - On this day in 1917 Private ERNEST HENRY KING gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Nov 01
Donhead St. Mary - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal CLAUDE VICTOR BOWRA gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Nov 01
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1914 Leading Seaman FRANCIS JOHN (JACK) FORD gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Nov 02
Alderbury (Whaddon) - On this day in 1917 Private CHARLES ERNEST ALBERY gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Nov 02
Ashton Keynes - On this day in 1914 Private FRED HEAVENS gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Nov 02
Berwick St. John - On this day in 1917 Lance Corporal WILLIAM HENRY MARCHANT gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Nov 02
Bremhill & Hilmarton (Cliffansty) - On this day in 1915 Corporal WALTER ALFRED HILLIER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Nov 02
Sutton Veny - On this day in 1942 Sergeant HUBERT SAMUEL PICKFORD gave his life for his country. RIP

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